Coffee is the world’s favorite wake-up drink! These aromatic beans are more than just their amazing taste; they offer a wide range of beauty & health benefits too! Here are three surprising uses for coffee to help you dye your hair naturally, treat acne scars, and beat body odor.
I’m a coffee lover, I love the strong taste of bitter sweet coffee and use it around the house for different uses, including my beauty routine. I have been using natural remedies to treat different skin conditions and to compliment my beauty routine for a long time now. I prefer natural remedies to store-bought products because they are safer and often produce no side effects. One thing you need to know, though, is that nature takes a longer time than quick-fix chemical products, so the results are not quite immediate, but they are long lasting once they kick in.
1. How to Dye your Hair Naturally with Henna and Coffee
Are you looking for an alternative for chemical hair dyes and coloring solutions? Want to color your hair a lovely dark brown? Here is a simple and homemade Henna and coffee dye recipe, that is both natural and nourishing at the same time. Add a rich dark brown tint and a lovely shine to your tresses with just a few spoonfuls of coffee.
Henna is a chemicals-free powder derived from the leaves of a tropical shrub, used as a dye to color the hair and decorate the body. Although the Henna powder has a greenish tint to it, once used as a hair dye it will leave a red-orange tint, if used on its own. Adding coffee to the Henna mixture will balance out the red in the Henna and add a deep brown shade to the end result. To dye grey hair, your hair’s original color must be brown-ish. I’m not sure if this recipe will work for blonds. Best way to know is to make a small sample paste and apply it to our hair ends to test the results.
It is very important to apply this Henna recipe to no-dye hair, or else it will mess up your hairs color. In other words, your hair needs to be 100% natural color (or Henna dyed) before applying the paste. Now let’s have a closer look at this natural dye recipe and the steps needed to DIY a beautiful coffee-toned dye in the comfort of your home.
- 5 tablespoons of Henna powder (for long hair). If you have short hair use 2-3 tbs instead
- 4-5 tablespoons of ground Turkish coffee, or whichever ground coffee beans you have available
- 3 tablespoons of vinegar
- Warm water
- Olive oil (this is an important ingredient for dry hair especially, as olive oil will help condition it)
- A glass mixing bowl (avoid using a plastic bowl as it will get a stubborn stain)
- A mixing spoon or spatula
- Shower cap or saran wrap
- Hair-dye brush, or disposable plastic gloves (to avoid staining your hands while applying the paste)
- Clean towels
- Pour the Henna powder into the glass mixing bowl, and add the coffee. Stir well.
- Mix in the vinegar, olive oil, and a small amount of warm water, enough to turn the mixture into a thick paste.
- It is crucial to allow the Henna and coffee paste to settle. For best results, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in an uninterrupted corner overnight. If you’re in a hurry let the Henna sit for 3-4 hours before applying it to your hair.
- After that, give your hair a quick bath and rinse it off with diluted vinegar to get rid of shampoo residue.
- Wear an old T-shirt and protect your neck and shoulders with an old towel.
- While your hair is still wet, section your hair in order to make the task of application easy.
- Now, start applying your homemade Henna and coffee hair dye onto all sections of your hair. Use a hair-dye brush, or wear gloves to apply the paste by hand.
- Once done, wrap your hair with saran wrap or simply put on a shower cap. Wrap an old towel around your head to keep your dye warm, and to prevent it from dehydrating.
- Remove the towel after 3-4 hours. Rinse the dye off with shampoo and lukewarm water. A Henna may tend to slightly dry out the hair, apply conditioner thoroughly.
2. How to Beat Body Odor Naturally With A Coffee Rinse
Don’t like wearing store-bought deodorant? Then coffee is your friend! Rinse your body with lukewarm brewed coffee before stepping out of the shower to mask, and even get rid of, body odor!
Body odor is not always a sign of lack of cleanliness. It could be a sign of a host of emotional and physical ailments that are hard to detect without the help of an experienced homeopath. Anxiety is actually one of the reasons behind body odor, so are more serious diseases like inflammations and tumors.
Sometimes even showering won’t take away a weird lingering smell that refuses to disappear no matter what. If that’s the case, then I urge you to consult with a certified homeopath to help you cure the underlying reasons.
Meanwhile, you can fend off body odor by rinsing your body with one or two cups of brewed coffee. Here’s how:
- Brew 3 teaspoons of ground coffee beans in a pot filled with water (don’t add sugar). Use Turkish coffee, or espresso.
- Let the coffee brew cool down before you use it as a rinse. Place the liquid in a mason jar and take it with you to the shower.
- At the end of your shower, and after you have scrubbed your body with natural sponge and soap, rinse your body with the coffee brew and make sure to target the areas that produce the odor.
For best results use a fresh brew every time. In many cases coffee can mask, and even get rid of, body odors that are hard to defeat. This is in no way an alternative for standard hygiene and cleanliness practices. I’ve seen a lot of websites that say coffee and tea contribute to body odor, that is if they are consumed internally as a drink. But used outwardly is a completely different story, and the results are amazing.
3. How to Minimize and Heal Acne Scars with Coffee
If you have (or had) acne, then you are not alone! Research shows that 17 million people in the U.S alone have acne, and a hefty 85% of people between 12-24 have this skin infection. Acne scars can last for a long time if not tended to, and it is always important not to touch the affected area with your hands so as not to spread the infection, or cause hard-to-heal scaring to your face.
To lessen the appearance of facial acne scars, mix:
- 1/4 a teaspoon of finely ground powder-like coffee
- 1/2 a clove of minced garlic
- A drizzle of olive oil.
Mix the ingredients with a clean tablespoon and place in an air tight jar. Use the tip of a cotton swab to apply a tiny bit of this mixture to the exact scar area. Do not apply this paste to healthy parts of your face to avoid irritating them. Leave on for half and hour to an hour, then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat for 10 days.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and I do hope to talk to you again very soon. Please don’t hesitate to share your unique recipes and tips in the comments section below. And if you have a natural beauty blog with relevant posts, please do share your links. Have a lovey day all!